CREATING ‘INDIVISIBLE’ JOBS IN MICHIGAN

Rudy Carrasco wrote (2012) at Urban Faith:

Last fall Starbucks announced that it would sell $5 bracelets at every one of its 7,000 stores to boost job creation in the United Sates. Starbucks customers may purchase Indivisible bracelets for $5 at point-of-sale, with the proceeds going to support small business loans in underserved communities across the country through the Opportunity Finance Network….

Next Step got involved in the Create Jobs for USA initiative last fall. At a Wednesday-morning Bible study hosted at the Next Step site on Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Scott Jonkhoff entertained a question. Jonkhoff, founder and executive director of Next Step, was asked by a fellow participant about Next Step’s capacity to create a production space and hire people to assemble the Indivisible bracelet.

That conversation led to a busy October. Conference calls with BDA, a supply vendor for Starbucks, led to a site visit at Next Step. Recommendations from that site visit led to two intense weeks where Jonkhoff’s construction team transformed their dark warehouse into a well-lit and clean assembly and production space. A deal was signed that made Next Step a certified supplier for Starbucks, working under BDA, and 22 men and women were hired. “Product began rolling in every day,” said Jonkhoff. “Every day there was a FedEx Next Day Air shipment to bring us on line.”

https://urbanfaith.com/2012/05/creating-indivisible-jobs-in-michigan.html/

The Social Networks of Entrepreneurial Migrants

Jennifer Brinkerhoff & Benjamin A.T. Graham write in SSIR:

Diasporan communities have too often been overlooked in business ventures aimed at both increasing profit and providing social good. Entrepreneurial migrants can serve as powerful forces in the global economy by functioning as transnational brokers to connect nations, economies, and resources.

https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_social_networks_of_entrepreneurial_migrants#